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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
FAMU Athletics Begins Implementation of AASP With NCAA Grant
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
Release:02/14/2016

Funding will support academic initiatives to help student-athletes graduate

Florida A&M University Athletics has begun the implementation of the Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP), upon the successful securing of a grant from the NCAA.  The plan will improve the academic health of the athletics department and its student-athletes with additional resources, opportunities and funding.

The grant was applied for under the leadership of  Joyce Ellenwood, FAMU Assistant Director of Athletics for Access & Athletic Academic Support.  Ellenwood will be a key executor of the grant.

FAMU was one of nine NCAA Division I institutions awarded more than $4 million in grants to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.

FAMU was the recipient of a multi-year Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant, valued at $675,000.

The comprehensive grant will be distributed over a three-year period, and used to fund academic initiatives that increase academic support services staff and tutors; enhance summer academic programs; and assist current exhausted eligibility student-athletes complete their degrees.

The comprehensive grant will be distributed over a three-year period, and used to fund academic initiatives that increase academic support services staff and tutors; enhance summer academic programs; and assist current exhausted eligibility student-athletes complete their degrees.

FAMU Director of Athletics, Milton Overton, feels this is a significant step in the right direction.  “I want to thank the collective efforts of President Mangum and the campus Oversight Committee for committing the matching funds and personnel resources necessary to build an award-winning NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP) Grant Proposal. The University presented a first-class AASP Proposal to the NCAA against a competitive field of applicants to yield a striking victory on behalf of our student-athletes and coaches. We are looking forward to putting the resources to work in an effort to 'Build Champions in the Classroom, on the Field and in Life'. The NCAA and the University have made a financial commitment to ensure our student-athletes have the resources that they need to be successful in the classroom, and I will follow their lead by making a $5,000 personal contribution to the Academic Enhancement Success Fund. I encourage everyone in Rattler Nation to join us in 'Building Champions on the hill through academic excellence and integrity,” he said.

This grant will also help FAMU in improving the academic success of its student-athletes, with the ultimate goal being to support the school’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

 Schools can request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. The participating schools are required to match grant dollars each year of the program, with either direct funds and/or in-kind contributions. In the first year, the school must commit a 25-percent match, 50 percent in year two and 75 percent in year three.

The announced awards mark the third round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.



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